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Deer eating my junipers–help! (2 Replies)

Posted December 11, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Deer are eating my junipers and some cedars. What measures can I take to alleviate or prevent damage o my precious specimens?

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Posted December 12, 2018 at 12:45 pm

So sorry to hear this. Deer are jerks. There are techniques:
1. physical barriers — build a fence.
2. chemical barriers — deer repellents. Drawbacks include being necessary to routinely reapply. Some deer get used to the taste, necessitating picking a different brand / flavor of product.
3. advanced weapons — shoot them. They’re pretty good to eat.

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Posted January 21, 2019 at 10:54 am

Less expensive than a fence is to use deer netting to drape over the plants in the fall. In my experience you don’t need to bother with pines, they seem to leave them alone. But the others I drape. It is a nuisance, it takes quite awhile to do them all, but it does work. Only caveat is that other wildlife can get trapped in the netting, so I don’t drape the trees near the bird feeder, for example. And if you live in a heavy snow region, as I do, the snow load is worsened by the netting so I sometimes have to go out and shake or shovel to keep the damage to a minimum.

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